Purposes of Assessment

This week you will use a case scenario to discuss the purposes of assessment. There is much talk in the media about assessment, and parents and professionals often question the value of all of the assessments that are given in early childhood.

You are a 1st grade educator in a private elementary school. Your administrator has asked you and three colleagues to prepare a presentation for other early childhood professionals at your school. To prepare for the presentation at a “Brown Bag Lunch,” you are to choose ONE of the purposes of assessment discussed in Chapter 1 of Assessment in Early Childhood Education:

  • evaluation
  • diagnosis
  • placement
  • research
  1. Explain how the ONE purpose of assessment has changed over time in early childhood development and why. Specifically discuss trends and issues that have historically occurred in relation to this ONE purpose.
  2. In addition, find one outside resource on this ONE purpose to discuss and share this resource on the Discussion Board. This resource can be a website, journal article, video or other professional resource.
  3. Finally, discuss how this ONE purpose of assessment is aligned with the NAEYC position statement of Ethical Conduct from your readings and is valuable for the student, parent, educators and administrators. You must specifically cite how the NAEYC Code of Conduct is aligned with the one purpose of assessment and why.

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